Solid waste assessment in a coastal fishing community in Peru

Clara Ortiz-Alvarez, Eliana Alfaro-Cordova, Alessandra Bielli, Jeffrey C. Mangel, Joanna Alfaro-Shigueto

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Peru has a large small-scale fishing fleet upon which many coastal communities depend for their food and livelihoods. Nonetheless, no thorough assessments have been conducted of solid waste production and management of small-scale fisheries (SSF) and associated communities. We aimed to assess gillnet SSF and household solid waste generation in San Jose, north Peru. A solid waste generation assessment was conducted by monitoring solid waste production during 22 fishing trips and interviewing 70 families. Daily waste generation and recycling per capita, were calculated applying separate Generalized Linear Mixed-Effect Models. Organic waste is the most frequently produced during fishing activities (38%) and at home (83%), followed by plastic and metal. Glass, paper/cardboard, and fishing nets were solely produced during fishing trips. Daily waste per capita was estimated on 0.14 kg∗(day)−1 onboard, and 0.33 kg∗(day)−1 at home. Additionally, perception interviews showed that the population of San Jose perceived solid waste as a threat to public health and marine ecosystems. This study provides a first attempt to assess solid waste production in a Peruvian fishing community, showing the need for an integrated management plan embracing vessel and land-based solid waste generation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113632
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
StatePublished - May 2022


  • Fishing community
  • Peru
  • Small-scale fisheries
  • Solid waste characterization
  • Solid waste management


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